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How England's Premier League players fared as Sam Allardyce plans first squad

Published 27/08/2016

England manager Sam Allardyce (right) at Goodison Park
England manager Sam Allardyce (right) at Goodison Park

Sam Allardyce will name his first squad as England manager on Sunday ahead of the World C up qualifier against Slovakia on September 4.

Here, Press Association Sport's reporters at Saturday's Premier League games assess how some of the contenders for a place in the squad performed:

Goalkeepers

Tom Heaton - Third-choice goalkeeper at Euro 2016 was slow to get down to Eden Hazard's opening goal and was beaten by a fierce angled drive by Willian. Good save from Hazard's volley, though.

Verdict: Jury's out

Fraser Forster - The Southampton goalkeeper was as assured as ever, although ultimately he had precious little to do other than pick Jermain Defoe's excellent penalty out of the net.

Verdict: Impressed

Defenders

Ryan Shawcross - Remains a wildcard selection but Allardyce was at Goodison Park in person to see the Stoke defender hold things together at the back.

Verdict: Impressed

Phil Jagielka - Coped well with the height of Peter Crouch and then the physicality of Jon Walters, but has work to do to regain his England squad place.

Verdict: Jury's out

Leighton Baines - Solid display from Everton's Mr Reliable, who continued his impressive record from the penalty spot - with a bit of luck - but he too is fighting to get back into international reckoning.

Verdict: Jury's out

John Terry - If Allardyce is considering tempting the former captain back into the England fold he will want to see him pass sterner tests than the 3-0 win over Burnley. Should have scored but fired over.

Verdict: Jury's out

Gary Cahill - Terry's central-defensive partner was similarly under-employed but almost marked his 200th Chelsea appearance with a goal only to see his volley deflected wide.

Verdict: Jury's out

Kyle Walker - Departed through illness in the first half of Tottenham's home draw with Liverpool, but had defended stoutly until that point.

Verdict: Jury's out

Danny Rose - Fired Tottenham's equaliser in the second half with a wonderful finish.

Verdict: Impressed

Eric Dier - Launched the cross that enabled Rose to score and put in a strong performance.

Verdict: Impressed

Dele Alli - Lost his discipline in the final half hour at a stage of the match where his team were seeking the winner.

Verdict: Jury's out

Nathaniel Clyne - Played his part in Liverpool's lively first half and did little wrong.

Verdict: Jury's out

Ryan Bertrand - Fit again after a pre-season niggle, Bertrand was left unused by new Saints boss Claude Puel.

Verdict: Jury's out

Luke Shaw - Has slotted straight back into United's starting XI and looks nothing short of the player he was before missing last season with a broken leg. Did not put a foot wrong against Hull and used his pace to get forward on regular occasions.

Verdict: Impressed

Chris Smalling - Was a starter for Roy Hodgson at the Euro 2016 finals but has played only a bit-part role for United under Jose Mourinho.

Verdict: Jury's out

Midfielders

Ross Barkley - Produced some thrusting runs and appears to have rediscovered his spark.

Verdict: Impressed

Andros Townsend - Did little to influence Crystal Palace's comeback from 1-0 down against Bournemouth, beyond his pace creating room for more threatening team-mates like Wilfried Zaha. Confidence seems to be low and control and end product suffered as a consequence.

Verdict: Did not impress

Jordan Henderson - Playing in a deeper central role for Jurgen Klopp's side and yet to truly convince in the position.

Verdict: Jury's out

Adam Lallana - Contributed fully to Liverpool's impressive opening hour at White Hart Lane.

Verdict: Impressed

Theo Walcott - Impressed on the flank for the Gunners as they won 3-1 at Watford, but should have added a goal to a decent display.

Verdict: Jury's out

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Started out wide but was the least effective of Arsenal's attacking talent and was replaced in the second half.

Verdict: Did not impress

Danny Drinkwater - Produced his usual reliable performance in central midfield for champions Leicester. Has an almost telepathic connection with Jamie Vardy, as displayed with his ball over the top for the striker's goal.

Verdict: Impressed

Strikers

Harry Kane - Struggled to make an impact on the game and was a peripheral figure in Spurs' fightback.

Verdict: Did not impress

Daniel Sturridge - Being named on the bench will not have helped his chances of playing for England.

Verdict: Did not impress

Jermain Defoe - Proved his timeless class once again to put every other striker on the field in the shade. Allardyce, of course, knows all about Defoe from his time at Sunderland.

Verdict: Impressed

Wayne Rooney - Showed he still has a role to play for England by setting up a stoppage-time winner for Manchester United in their victory at Hull.

Verdict: Impressed

Jamie Vardy - Caused the Swansea defence problems all afternoon with his pace and movement. Short of confidence after starting the season without a goal? No chance.

Verdict: Impressed

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